Pioneering: A passion for inventing
Amazon's evolution from online bookstore to device manufacturer, publishing service, global marketplace, fulfilment network and cloud computing provider is driven by our passion for pioneering and inventing on customers' behalf. The world's best inventors come to Amazon to build new technologies and services that improve the lives of customers: consumers, sellers, content creators, and developers around the world.
We're a company of builders. Of pioneers. It's our job to make bold bets, and we get our energy from inventing on behalf of customers. Here are just some of the innovations pioneered by Amazon, and we're always looking for the next one.
We are pleased to announce a new programme with the UK Government to explore the steps needed to make the delivery of parcels by small drones a reality for our customers.
Over the past 20 years, Amazon has developed from a small seller working from a garage in Seattle, to a global company with 300 million worldwide active customer accounts. In Europe alone, we have a thriving network of 40 fulfilment centers in seven countries. In 2015, we shipped over one billion units to our many customers across Europe.
Our new head office is part of Amazon’s long-term commitment to the UK, having invested £6.4 billion here since 2010.
Claire Doherty is one of three women in the UK to be selected for our Amazon Women in Innovation Bursary, which provides funding for up to four years of university as well as access to an Amazon mentor, to encourage women to pursue a STEM career.
Europe is an important component of Amazon’s innovation story and global success. That’s why we continue to invest heavily in research and development, with teams in the UK, Germany, Spain, Italy, Slovakia, Poland, the Czech Republic, Romania, Austria and Ireland working on cutting-edge technology to help innovate on behalf of customers.
Amazon Business is a marketplace of more than one hundred million B2B products on Amazon.co.uk, combined with a set of unique features designed to serve the procurement needs of businesses of every size. Purchasing online for businesses has never been easier – it’s everything customers know and love about Amazon, but for business.
At Amazon, we’ve been engaged in the practical application of machine learning for many years now. Some of this work is highly visible, but much of what we do with machine learning happens beneath the surface – quietly but meaningfully improving our core operations.
The elite America’s Cup sailing team is using Amazon Web Services (AWS) high performance computing to build and test the UK’s most advanced sailing boat.
Thanks to the new programme, businesses creating unique experiences with Alexa or advancing voice technology will be able to access the resources they need to grow.